If you’re not already using essential oils as part of your daily life, you’re thinking about it or would probably do so in the future. Due to the fact that there are a lot of essential oils to choose from, choosing the right one can be a daunting task, most especially when it comes to skincare.
Essential oils have innumerable benefits, so choosing the one that best suits your needs is fundamental to getting best results.
A simple way to define essential oils is that they’re oils that contain the essence or the characteristic properties in concentrated form of a particular plant. When obtaining them, different parts of a plant such as the flower, the seed and bark come into play. For example, lavender oils are obtained from lavender flowers.
Basically, essential oils are liquefied forms of plants.
Most common extractions include:
Simply put, this involves pulling essential compounds from plants by passing them through water or hot steam.
Here, plants are mechanically pressed in order to cause them to release their essence or compounds.
Essential oils are extremely versatile and are used in a variety of ways. They’re used in the perfume and cosmetic industry, used for preservation of food, for pest control, skin issues, health and pharmaceutical companies, for aromatherapy, and in cleaning products.
In choosing the right essential oil, you have to bear in mind the purpose you want it for. These oils are used for two main purposes, skincare and aromatherapy.
LET’S TALK ESSENTIAL OILS AND SKINCARE
More often than not, essential oils are considered to be safe for skincare purposes but before you use them, there are things to bear in mind in order to get the best of out of them. Read my guest post on things to consider before using essential oils, here.
Cosmetic industries use essential oils as part of their formulas because they know that these oils can play important roles in tackling dermatological issues.
One way to incorporate essential oils into your skincare routine is to look out for products from reputable brands that already contain them. This is because, these products contain much safer doses of essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated so the less you use, the better.
See a review of some popular essential oils used in skincare below.
TEA TREE OIL
This is a favorite of cosmetic companies and individuals alike. It works wonders on acne prone skin because of its antiseptic properties. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can help people with acne with oily skin.
However, because of it volatile nature, it should only be use in small doses diluted with a carrier oil.
Tea tree oil can also help to soothe dry and irritated skin. It has also been proven to help to heal wounds and prevent infections.
Peppermint oil is amazing for oily and combination skin.
It helps to control the production of excess sebum, while also brightening your skin because of its cooling effect. It is also a favorite of skincare brands as it can be beneficial in achieving radiant skin.
Peppermint oil can also help you find relief from skincare issues such as rashes, burns and dry skin.
This is another holy Grail for the oily skin femmes out there.
This essential oil has exceptional antimicrobial, anti bacterial, anti fungal properties while also being an absorbent, astringent and mildly exfoliating.
It is an active ingredient in many skincare products and you can add it to your personal skincare routine.
Lemon oil has proved to be beneficial for those with inflammatory acne as it reduces the bacteria that causes it. It can also help reduce hyperpigmentation because of its lightening benefits.
Never use lemon oil directly on your skin, always dilute with a carrier oil. You might also want to consider using it at least 12 hours before going out in sunlight. This is because it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
This is another life saver for all you oily skin femmes. This oil is antibacterial, stimulating, acts as an antioxidant with anti-aging benefits and will help you boost blood circulation.
Rosemary oil is highly absorbent. This means your skin will definitely be getting all of the goodness it has to offer. In addition, it helps protect your skin from environmental damage.
CLARY SAGE OIL
We’ve been all about our oily skin femmes but clary sage oil will not only benefit our oily femmes but also femmes with dry skin. Our dry skin femmes can benefit from using this oil by adding two drops of it to their regular lotions for intense moisture.
Clary sage oil helps to promote clearer and smoother skin while reducing inflammation.
Like other oils, it has antibacterial properties and can also serve as an astrigent.
CARROT SEED OIL
This oil which should not be confused with carrot oil or carrot seed carrier oil is a must have. Most especially if your intent is to alleviate skin damage and improve the overall health if your skin.
Carrot seed oil stimulates the growth of new skin while promoting brighter, clearer and an even skin tone.
It increases the moisture in the skin thereby increasing the firmness and reducing irritation on your skin.
This oil, unlike other essential oils, is gentle on the skin.
It has amazing moisturising properties and because of the fatty acid it contains, it aids in repairing the top layer of the skin.
Other properties of this oil include: antibacterial, noncomedogenic , hypoallergenic, reduces excess sebum and promotes collagen production.
Jojoba oils are gentle on the skin. For use, apply directly on the skin or use as a carrier oil for other essential oils.
GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR CHOSEN ESSENTIAL OILS
Always do a patch test before using any essential oils, we cannot stress this enough, femmes.
To do a patch test, apply two to four drops of the oil on your forearm and wait for 24 hours. You’re good to go if there’s no sign of irritation or hives.
For skincare, you get the best results when you apply your essential oil tropically, diluted, off course. You can also add up to ten drops of essential oil into your bath to gets its benefits.